Curated research library of TV news clips regarding the NSA, its oversight and privacy issues, 2009-2014

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Primary curation & research: Robin Chin, Internet Archive TV News Researcher; using TV News Archive service.

Speakers

Russ Feingold
former Senator (D-WI) member of Judiciary and Intelligence committees
CSPAN 06/17/2009
Now that you are the Attorney General, is there any doubt in your mind that the (Bush) warrantless wiretapping program was illegal? Holder: Well, I think that the warrantless wiretapping program as it existed at that point was certainly unwise in that it was put together without the approval of congress and as a result did not have all the protections, all the strength that it might have had behind it as I think it now exists with regard to having had congressional approval of it.
C-SPAN Announcer
CSPAN2 07/26/2013
CSPAN announcer: In other administration news today the attorney general Eric holder told the Russian government the US will not seek the death penalty for the former national security agency systems analyst Edward Snowden. Reports say Mr.. Snowden has filed papers seeking temporary asylum in Russia on grounds that if he were to return to the US he would be tortured and would face the death penalty.
Eric Holder
U.S. Attorney General
MSNBCW 01/24/2014
Melber: Also, in a New Yorker interview the President was asked about potential deals of clemency for Edward Snowden which is some NSA officials said should be on the table. He said it is not a yes-no issue. Does that mean a deal of some kind could be possible for Mr. Snowden? Holder: He is a person who is charged, will be charged with a variety of crimes. When he has – legal representation and if those lawyers want to talk about a resolution of the case, we would obviously engage in those conversations. Melber: but -- that means that it is -- you haven't ruled it out? Holder: Clemency, a -- simple, you know, no-harm, no-foul. I think that would be going too far. But in the resolution of this matter, with an acceptance of responsibility, you know, we would always, you know, engage in those kinds of conversations.
Eric Holder
U.S. Attorney General
LINKTV 01/30/2014
Goodman: Also testifying in Wednesdays hearing, Attorney General Eric Holder said he believes the bulk collection of phone records is constitutional but will be reformed on the orders of President Obama. Holder: I would say 15 judges in the FISA court, to judges, one in California and one in New York, have looked at this question and a determination that the 215 program is in fact constitutional. One judge in Washington, D.C. has decided it is not. But I think it only deals with half of the question. I believe they are correct that it is constitutional, it is an appropriate use, in a Constitutional sense of the government’s power. But the question is –and what the President has posed to us, just because we can do something, should we do it?
Eric Holder
Attorney General
FOXNEWSW 11/02/2014
Kurtz: Well, turns out Attorney General Eric Holder has some second thoughts about the administration's assault on the press. Capehart: What's the one decision you made that you wish you could do over again? Holder: I think about the subpoena to the Fox reporter, Rosen. I think that I could have been a little more careful in looking at the language that was contained in the filing that we made with the court. He was labeled as a co-conspirator. Kurtz: But it wasn't a subpoena. This was secret surveillance that involved reading James Rosen’s e-mail and that of his family without his knowledge. A subpoena you can go to court and oppose. Look, I'm glad that Holder is finally admitting that this was a flat out mistake to go after our own James Rosen. And the same applies to the surveillance of Associated Press reporters. Slapping that label, co-conspirator on a journalist who is doing his job was an atrocious lack of judgment. And I for one hope it never happens again.
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